A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "A Question of Power," Bessie states that what can lead a people or a nation into a terrible abyss of destruction?

2. In Chapter 2, what person made Bessie's natural hatred of the white man ebb?

3. According to Bessie, revolutionary movements are composed of people living with what?

4. What does Bessie state was totally absent in her?

5. Bogadi marriages are arranged to retain what?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie think that the spirit of the Nigra Goddess has done for the blacks in America?

2. In "Makeba Music," how does Bessie describe the musician, Makeba?

3. In "God and The Underdog," what does Bessie feel fuels revolutions?

4. In "African Religions," what does Bessie state is at the root of religion in Africa?

5. What was Bessie's life like during the two years that she lived in the refugee community in northern Botswana?

6. In the conclusion of Chapter 2, how does Bessie summarize her life experiences?

7. Why does Bessie think of the American woman as some sort of goddess?

8. In "African Religions," what, does Bessie state is the main difference between Asian and African religious ideals?

9. Why was Bessie able to write in Botswana rather than South Africa?

10. When Bessie arrived in Botswana in 1964, what were the major differences that she noticed between that country and South Africa?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Ellen Kuzwayo's "Call me Woman," she describes her life before and after oppression. What was her life like before? What was the view of South African then? What kind of work was her family involved in? What kind of education did she have? Ellen was a part of the first groups of educated blacks that felt leadership should be based on merit, not ethnicity. What event changed her life drastically? Do you think she was at all prepared to be thrust into a world of instant poverty, violence, and suffering? How did she deal with it? Do you think that it's easier for someone to accept this, if they've been born into it and it's all they've ever known, rather than someone, like Ellen, who knew a good life and then was forced to give everything up?

Essay Topic 2

Bessie developed an early love for Capetown and returned there frequently. What did her friends tell her about Capetown in 1958? Why does she love it so much? What sense does she get there? Why do the whites of the Cape describe it as having a liberal tradition? What does Bessie think of their assessment? Why does she say they pride themselves on this? What kind of personality do the Cape Coloureds have that she admires? What compromise have they made with the ruling group? What impressions do you get from Bessie regarding this compromise?

Essay Topic 3

Bessie's views of the white man were formed at an early age. List two experiences in Bessie's early life that you think had a profound effect on her opinion of the white man? List the experiences and Bessie's response to them. Later in life, Bessie was able to see some good in the white man and her hatred lessened. Explain the person and the circumstances surrounding this.

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